Patients and their families from more than 150 countries around the world travel each year to Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (Chang Gung PRS), to benefit from a tradition of excellence in patient care dating back more than 30 years. International patients journey to Chang Gung PRS for a broad range of patient-focused care and service, from various complicated reconstructive surgeries to a variety of aesthetic operations.? A well-coordinated, team approach is a hallmark of Chang Gung PRSˇ¦s model of caring for its patients. Our collaborative style offers a uniquely comprehensive approach to patient care and is among the primary reasons Chang Gung PRS has earned its reputation for excellence.
Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI): Treatment for brachial plexus injuries includes occupational or physical therapy and, in some cases, surgery. The site and type of brachial plexus injury determine the prognosis. Professor David CC Chuangˇ¦s total experience with all brachial plexus surgeries is several thousand. Generally, if there is continued significant shoulder, elbow or hand weakness at 4 to 6 months after injury, we believe that brachial plexus surgical exploration is sometimes indicated. His treatment goal for BPI is aimed at restoring a functional limb.
Breast Reconstruction:? Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Ming-Huei Cheng has broad experience in the state-of-the-art breast reconstruction techniques referred to as perforator flaps. These procedures allow for creation of a breast that is warm and living and once healed, yours for life. To achieve the highest quality results, our physicians work as a team during every patientˇ¦s surgery. This affords shortened surgical times and ensures the safest possible conditions for you.
Head & Neck:?Current treatment in head and neck cancer is based primarily on combined therapy, which includes radiation therapy, surgery, and chemotherapy. Advances in the field of anesthesia and new, safer techniques in surgery led to the current combination of therapy offered to patients with cancer of the head and neck. The defects created with these advanced techniques at the time of surgery for head and neck cancer have led to advances in reconstruction. Based on our vast experience with head and neck reconstruction, our physicians have developed a collaborative team, comprehensive approach and continued care for the patient with head and neck cancer.
Toe-to-Hand: Professor Fu-Chan Wei has had aa pioneering role in reconstruction of digits using microsurgical transfer of digits from the foot. This does not mean that we are ignorant of or blind to the other options for treatment in congenital or traumatic absence of digits (including the option of doing nothing, distraction lengthening, or bone transfer) and all of these options are available. The absence of a finger does not usually have much effect on either the function or the appearance of the hand. When the digit that is missing is a thumb, or when many digits are missing, surgery may be needed. Generally the guideline in considering reconstruction is whether or not the overall function of the hand may be improved, although it is also natural and necessary to take into consideration the appearance of the hand.
Transplantation of one or more toes, or parts of toes, is one method of reconstruction. There are advantages and drawbacks to this technique, and a full understanding is important for the family to make sensible decisions about surgery.